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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-12-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-12-21

Topics Live concert

Smokestack Lightning, New Speedway Boogie, Mama Tried, Dire Wolf, Mason's Children China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Black Peter, Not Fade Away, Uncle John's Band, High Time, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cumberland Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore Auditorium
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage MR > C > D > CDR > EAC (secure) > CE2K (minor cleanup) > CD Wave > mkwACT > SHN (seekable)
Taped by
Transferred by Raoul Duke and Matt Vernon


Partial show.

- drums has a splice(?) and one minor warble/glitch
- there might be a splice at the very start of TOO as noted on deadlists
- this is apparently all the circulates per Eatons list

shntool supplies timing and confirms tracks on sector boundaries.


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2016
Subject: NFA
NFA is a peach!
Great Black Peter--Excellent sound thru-out.
NFA !!!
Good jams +
-- I am pretty cool with a Cumberland closer myself.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2015
Subject: -
Really excellent jams; not sure why they followed other one with Cumberland. Kinda a mood wrecker.
Reviewer: DMT - - January 7, 2015
Subject: .....................NFA!!
is a must listen
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2013
Subject: --
This one's actually the better half of that Dave's Picks release....but they still insist on yet another one of these inane New Speedways - the harmonizing not yet figured out, Jer forgetting half the words...again, I do think Dave & co were too excited about the found reels to decide if this is actually worth releasing.

HOWEVER, the Smokestack and Other One jams here are pretty killer. Definitely worth hearing for those alone!
Reviewer: mickyrat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2013
Subject: Bonus CD Bound!
75 minutes, so I hear, will be on the bonus CD w/DP6......suh-weet!
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2012
Subject: End of the 13th cycle of Maya calendar 12/21/12
Happy Solstice everyone. Since today is the supposed 'end of the world' what better way than to listen to the Dead :)

This recording finds us in the middle of a frosty Rider. A bit of a slower one than they started the year with, but nice solo, even if brief. A poignant Peter, then that monster NFA ! They just jump into it with both feet, a real hoot ! Worth a listen, but I like the keys in Other One as well. Frenetic or is it kinetic ? Either way, at times in Cumberland they sound tired :( Only 4****

'Good night folks, Merry Christmas'
Reviewer: Uddhamsoto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2011
Subject: Great Jamming
Despite the missing songs, this show sounds amazing and the Not Fade Away is definitely worth a couple listens.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2008
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD Dec 21, 1969 at the Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, California USA
(############ __"Smokin'GRATEFUL DEAD show."

Stereo Soundboard, decent mix for 1969.

01. I Know You Rider - 3:44
02. Black Peter - 9:26
03. Not Fade Away (w/Pigpen on Harmonica and back-up Vocals) - 9:20
04. Good Lovin'> - 1:51
05. Drums - 6:46
06. The Other One - 13:04
07. Cumberland Blues - 4:46

Obviously not the whole show, or even what is listed in the "description".

Excellent "Black Peter".

"NOT FADE AWAY" is a 'treasure'. Early version of NFA with maracas and Pigpen playing harmonica, singing back-up. This is a "Must Have" for collectors of 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD shows.

Not your usual tom-tom dominated NFA, Garcia takes the solo instead of the drummers and lays down some smooth licks that gives NFA a whole new (old) dimension. The song does end abruptly for some reason.

"Good Lovin'" starts, but doesn't come back, after a really nice drum solo it goes off into THE OTHER ONE, CRYPTICAL ENVELOPEMENT, THE OTHER ONE then into CUMBERLAND BLUES and then the show ends.

Not the most sought after show there is, but surely one worth having for it's "roots" value of some of the most exciting songs the GRATEFUL DEAD would ever do.

Phil says "Good Night Folks, Merry Christmas" at the end of CUMBERLAND BLUES and after some applause, you can hear a woman from the audience say "thank you" and Jerry replies "Thank You!" then the tape ends.

Eat, Drink be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love from the Fillmore Auditorium.

Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2008
Subject: 12-21-69
yeah, and the fact that it's missing the first six songs.
Reviewer: TxIronman - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Decent show
Sound is nice, just nothing magical in the performance. NFA has some real nice harp and got my attention. Worth a download, but I won't burn it to disk to listen to again any time soon.
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